Welcome to the first installment of the Pipeline Community Spotlight! Each week, we’ll be highlighting a member of the community and their story in an effort to share learnings among each other and bring everyone closer together even in these trying times.
This week, we’re featuring Argick from Scotland. An active streamer, prolific speedrunner and Pipeline founder rolled into one, the dedication he’s shown for his craft has been nothing short of admirable. He’s even been on the come up recently, having reached Twitch partner in the last month.
We took the time to sit down with Argick to learn more about him, how he got into streaming and speedrunning and what he has planned for the future.
Tell us a bit about yourself! How’d you describe yourself to someone you just met?
My name is Argick, I live in Scotland. I'm energetic, upbeat and pretty silly at times but people say that's part of my charm. I love gaming, not just playing but also collecting consoles and memorabilia, listening to OST's, participating in discussions and of course streaming on Twitch.
Games really are a big love of yours from the looks of it. How’d you get started in the first place?
This is an easy one. Been into games since I was a kid and could pick up a controller. Stayed in a fairly unsafe neighbourhood growing up so playing outside with friends wasn't an option for me. So instead I played on my mum's Mega Drive with games like Sonic 2, Mega Bomberman and Micro Machines. Been loving games ever since then.
That's hype! Childhood loves really are the best. And since then, you've gotten into speedrunning -- specifically Sonic games. How'd you discover that?
I first discovered speedrunning though the Games Done Quick marathons. I started watching them back in 2012 / 2013 and thought it was really cool seeing people do all these awesome tricks and glitches that weren't normally seen in gaming. It wasn't until 2016 when I finally decided to take the plunge and learn some speedrunning myself. The Sonic speedrunning community, specifically SegaJunkie (Formally known as Mike89) decided to run an event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sonic. This event was Sonic Speed R and the goal was to race 25 different Sonic games over a month with players of all skill levels welcome. As I loved Sonic and had watched many Sonic speed runs between 2012 and 2016 I thought this would be a great way to start and introduce myself to the community. I successfully entered and finished all 25 races alongside 2 other veteran members of the community. At the end of it all I decided that I'd like to properly learn the speedrun for Sonic Adventure DX. From that point on I've been learning more and more Sonic games.
That's quite the story and an admirable one too. You've taken your love for speedrunning live and streamed your journey. What made you decide to start streaming, and how has doing that been so far?
Streaming was one of those things where I started it thinking "I'm already gaming most of the time anyway, why not stream it?" and speedrunning also requires video evidence for proof of you achieving the times you say you did so they both fit together well.As with most people it’s started off as a hobby that I did on the side but around late 2017 / early 2018 I decided that I'd really like to put more time and effort into streaming and try turn it from a hobby and into a career. It's been interesting learning more and more speedruns as well as learning how current full time streamers manage themselves. Still got much more to learn and do before I can go full time but thanks to performing in various speedrun marathons over the years and developing a love for commentating speedruns in a uniquely fast but informative style I've reached the Twitch partner milestone.
Yeah, it's actually insane how hard you've worked to make streaming into a career. I think everyone in the Pipeline community knows how hard you work. But outside of that, who is Argick? What do you off-stream?
More gaming! The days I'm not streaming I’m usually setting videos to render and upload to YouTube and afterwards playing some games with mates. Jumping between games like Destiny 2, Monster Hunter and League of Legends or whatever the latest multiplayer fad is. While not at a PC or console I work as a Senior IT Analyst for a local college. It's what currently pays the bills. I enjoy watching anime, some TV shows like Firefly, NCIS, Hell Kitchen and the occasional movie, probably sci fi or superhero related. I also play some D&D once a week, usually a Paladin of some variety.
Awesome, that's a LOT of stuff! But now, let's look at the future. What are your future goals as a streamer?
I'd like to keep learning more and more Sonic speedruns. I've set myself a goal of obtaining a good speedrun time in every mainline Sonic game currently on Speedrun.com with my latest achievement being 2nd place in both Sonic 4: Episode 1 and Episode 2. I'd also like to branch out into more content like streaming indie titles, perhaps speedrun some of them and also do more multiplayer streams with my community as I recently started them and it was good fun.Overall my main goal is to be able to give up my current job and become a full time twitch streamer with money coming in being sufficient to pay the bills.
This has been a great talk; thanks so much for your time! Before we end, any advice you'd like to give to upcoming streamers? And are there any people you want to shout out?
This is probably advice that everyone is giving out but for me it's important. Know that content creation is a marathon and not a sprint. It's very unlikely that you'll find instant success and success is not guaranteed. Focus on what you like to play while trying to create content that you'd enjoy watching, a schedule is really important too.As for shoutouts I'd like to shout SegaJunkie for getting me into Sonic speedrunning back in the day and the Sonic speedrunning community for welcoming me into the fold. If I didn't take part in that event back in 2016 things would probably be very different.
That's it for the first community spotlight! If you wanna follow Argick, you can check him out on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. We hope you learned something new by hearing about Argick's journey. Who do you want to see next?